U.S. At War: Rubber Hunt

Harold Ickes made no bones about it: the Administration's rubber drive was a disappointing failure. He advised Franklin Roosevelt that collections to date totaled 334,293 tons-only 5.07 lb. for each of 131,669,000 U.S. patriots, with just four days to go.

Pondering reasons for the drive's widespread flop. Ickes snapped: "We suspect that people are hoarding rubber and maybe even people in official life are hoarding." His companion. Bill Boyd of the Petroleum Industry War Council, shook his head, too: "If there had been heavier hitting on the part of the public. . . ."

Officialdom had done its best. On Ickes' plea and...

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